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Rank your Top 5 MMA wrestlers who don't have a significant amateur wrestling background

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  1. Rum Champion of Champions

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    GSP is probably the big boss of this one, but there have been several other high-profile non-wrestlers who have developed the kind of MMA wrestling that defeats even lifelong wrestlers.

    ROB THE REAPER the current KING of 185, never wrestled competitively until 2015 but even as a former 170 guy has been able to make seasoned wrestlers at 185 look like chumps.

    DEMIAN MAIA was from BJJ but even as an old man was able to develop solid enough MMA wrestling to take his one-dimensional game to a title shot in one of the deepest divisions.

    JUNIOR DOS SANTOS, from a boxing base, at his height made Cain's takedowns look like those of a small child, leaving Velsaquez on his knees on the mat time and time again until the cardio advantage started to work in Cain's favour.

    JOSE ALDO started out as a BJJ guy who isn't just famed as a Wrestler-Killer in one of the deepest divisions in the sport because of his unworldly takedown DEFENSE, but his OFFENSIVE Takedown Success Rate (from before he became more one-dimensional as the miles piled up on him) was one of the best in the UFC: 74% Georges St-Pierre, 72% JOSE ALDO, 59% Chael Sonnen, 57% Chris Weidman, 56% Demetrious Johnson, 55% Chad Mendes, 55% Brock Lesnar, 52% Jon Jones, 49% Khabib Nurmagomedov, 48% Johny Hendricks, 46% Rashad Evans, 45% TJ Dillashaw, 44% Ryan Bader, 43% Cain Velasquez, 40% Daniel Cormier
     
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    He spits hot fire
     
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    Barao during his short prime was literally impossible to take down.
    Jacare has some solid takedowns and wrestling
    RDA was pretty even with Colby even being able to score takedowns, the size and cardio made the big difference in that fight
    Rockhold only wrestled in highschool but held his own against weidman
     
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    Uhh khabib 1
    Rampage 2
    Everyone else is boring asf gsp on the ground would make you wanna suicide your tv.

    Colby is just hard to watch pillow hands chainwrestling fuck that.

    Rampage had those big slams
    Hes not even a wrestler.

    Khabib mauls guys atleast hes watchable.

    Oh wait CHUCK LIDDEL #1 wrestler of his time
    Justin gaethje #1 wrestler today to watch. Hell yea
     
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    Aldo, GSP and Barao have phenomenal wrestling despite not wrestling in high school or college
     
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    Ultimate Warrior
    Jake the Snake
    Rick Flair
    Razor Ramone
    The 123 Kid
     
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    GSP, Khabib, Whittaker, Aldo, DJ..
     
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    Khabib started wrestling when he was 6.

    Rampage wrestled in high school and college.

    You're terrible at this.
     
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    FYI, Rampage wrestled in High School and College
     
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    Rampage was a state qualifier in HS and was All State in wrestling, Colby wrestled D1 and was a 2 time Pac 10 Champ plus an All American and won the JUCO National Championship, Liddell wrestled D1, Gaethje wrestled D1 and was an All American.
     
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    Khabib
    Chad
    Frankie
    Aldo
    Woodley


    All time
    Kerr
    Coleman
    Randleman
    Randy
    Maybe tito?
    In no order just guys who were mainly wrestlers and utilized it well.

    Sorry misread the question. My list is bogus when calking for non wrestling background.
     
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    "who don't have a significant amateur wrestling background"
     
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    Khabib wrestled since he was 6, and all the others except Aldo wrestled in high school and college.
     
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    Rockwood wrestled in JUCO too, Jacare won two golds and three silvers representing Brazil at the submission wrestling world championships..
     
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    GSP
    Ken shamrock
     
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    Most you list had extensive amateur wrestling experience, TS asked for those who didn't have significant experience.
    Chad was a 2 time All American in D1, placed 2nd at the NCAA Championships and was a Pac 10 Wrestler of the Year..
    Edgar wrestled in College and made National Championships all 4yrs, he was a college wrestling coach too..
    Tyron was a 2 time D1 All American..
    Kerr won the NCAA Championships and won the Freestyle US Championships..
    Coleman won the NCAA Championships plus won 2 Conference titles, he was on the US Team, plus he was an Olympian..
    Kevin won Big Ten and won NCAA twice..
    Randy was on the US Army Greco team before he became a 3 time D1 All American, he also coached wrestling at Oregon State..
     
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    Ken wrestled in HS, and won state as a senior in HS..
     

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